Experts Guide for Colored Hair Wigs

how to color a hair wig


Coloring your wig is one of the top ways for you to upgrade your style! With proper care and the correct hair products, your colored wig can last for a long time. Purchasing a high-quality wig is an investment and keeping the quality of it after coloring it is important. Without the proper care, even the best of hair dye jobs can fade fast. Learning the proper techniques to take care of your colored wig allows the color to last longer while ensuring your wig hair remains strong and healthy. We have put together This Guide for Colored Hair Wigs.  


Picking Your Color  


When choosing a color, you should consider your undertone. You may be asking how to figure this out and what is the significance, no worries we are here to explain it all, just keep reading.  

There are three undertones, neutral, cool, and warm. Neutral undertones are a mix of warm and cool undertones. Cool undertones are red, blue, and pink. Warm undertones are green, olive, gold, and yellow.

So, how does this help you pick a wig color you may be wondering. According to hair color experts, you should choose a dye that is opposite your undertone. For example, warm tones should try cool hair colors, like ash color or chestnut. Cool undertones, try a caramel color. If you have neutral undertones, you can go for anything!  

We do understand sometimes you just want to spice it up! If you are feeling bold, nothing is wrong with a pop of color! Take your color to the next level.  

 clored lace wigs

How To Figure Out Your Undertone


The easiest way for you to figure out your undertone is by grabbing a white piece of paper or wearing an article of clothing that is white and go into bright natural light. If your skin is a pinkish, red color, you have cool undertones. If you are more golden, you have a warm undertone. If you look “gray and washed out” you have a neutral undertone.  


What Texture Hair Will Hold Color the Best?


Mink Brazilian Virgin Hair is top tier when it comes to dyeing. Virgin hair is unprocessed and can lift or take color like someone who has never colored their hair.  

 Mink Brazilian Hair-ballice Virgin Hair

What Wigs to Avoid as a Beginner?  


Non-Virgin Wigs

Processing of the wigs dictates if your wig is virgin or non-virgin. Non-virgin hair has received some type of processing. These wigs can be dyed; however, the color may not deposit correctly due to the chemicals that have altered the wig.  


Synthetic Wigs 


Synthetic wigs are not real hair and are made up of fibers. Hair dye is made for real hair and not fibers.  


Prep Before Coloring Your Wig  


Before coloring your wig, there are a few steps to prepare a wig.


Step One: Wash your unit, this is essential if you have been wearing and styling your wig. Remember to only shampoo your unit, do not use any conditioner.


Step Two: Allow your unit to dry completely. Wash your unit a few days before make sure your unit is one hundred percent dry. If you are short on time, you can blow dry your unit but make sure you are using the correct techniques to avoid heat damage.  


Step Three: Place your wig on your mannequin head and secure it with pins. Now gently brush removing any knots and tangles.  

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Steps To Coloring Your Hair Wig  


Tools Needed:  

  • Dye Brush
  • Hair Color  
  • Bleach (if you are lightening your wig)
  • Bowl or tube of colors if that is the color you have purchase
  • Mixer  
  • Gloves  
  • Mannequin head/stand
  • Towel  
  • Wig
  • Brush for hair color  


colored hair tool

Step One: Secure your wig to your wig head using pins. Comb through any snags or knots that may cause issues. You can also lay your wig flat; this allows for easy distribution of the hair color.  


Step Two: If you are coloring a lace front wig, you must protect your lace so there isn’t any unwanted color added. Spread gel covering the entire lace and blow-dry the gel on a cool setting or allow the gel to sit overnight for it to harden. Once dried, seal with a free hairspray and allow the hairspray to dry.  


Step Three: If using the watercolor method, fill a big plastic tub with hot water to submerge your wig. Add your dye and use your whisk to mix your hair color and water.  


  • With your gloves on, submerge your wig in the water, using your hands to mix the wig around, ensuring it all is colored.  
  • How long you need to saturate the wig depends on the color you are using. Generally, two to five minutes will give you the best results.  
  • If your color is too light, repeat the process above until you are satisfied.


Step Four: Put your gloves on to avoid color stains and mix your color. Mix your color using your mixing bowl and brush according to the directions.  


Step Five: Section your hair into four quadrants.  


Step Six: Place a towel underneath your wig if on a flat surface or underneath your wig stand so there aren’t any drops on the floor underneath the wig.  


Step Seven: Unclip the first section at the bottom back of your wig and saturate the section with color. To avoid missing hair, take smaller sections in each section going from tip to root.  


Step Eight: Continue the same steps throughout the entire wig.  


Step Nine: Leave your hair color on as long as your hair color instructions suggest.  


Step Ten: Rinse the hair color our using warm water until the water has no color and is clear.  


Step Eleven: Once the color has been rinsed out fully, rinse and remove the barrier from your lace front. Water will soften the spray and gel.


Step Twelve: Blot dry with your towel so your wig is no longer dripping wet. Pinback on your wig stand and all your wig to air dry or blow-dry.  


Step Thirteen: Style wig to your liking.  


Expert Tips to Keep Your Wig from Fading  


Tip One: Avoid using hot water when washing your wig. This will help the cuticles of your wig to remains sealed and last longer.  


Tip Two: Rinse your wig with cold water. The hotter the water the more the wig will fade.  


Tip Three: Avoid over washing your wig. The less you wash the longer your color will last.  


Tip Four: Choose color-safe shampoo and conditioners. These are formulated specifically for colored hair. Using regular shampoo and conditioner will likely strip your color away and dry out the hair.


Tip Five: Use the proper wig brush/comb while your hair is wet. When the hair is colored it is weaker, wet hair is already weak so adding color only makes it that much weaker.  


Tip Six: Minimize the amount of heat used on the wigs. Try heatless styles, for example, heatless curls. It is safer and lasts a lot longer. If you can’t avoid the heat, try using your hot tool on the lowest setting possible and use a heat protectant.  


Tip Seven: Minimize the amount of pool time and ocean time. Chlorine and saltwater dry out and damage colored hair. If possible, cover your wig with a swimmer's cap.


Tip Eight: Heat causes the majority of fading, try airdrying your wig as often as you can.  


Tip Nine: Invest in SPF hair products. If you have a sunroof or are an avid adventurer constant sunlight and UV rays can cause fading.  


Tip Ten: Avoid hair products that are alcohol-based. Alcohol can dry your hair and fade your color even faster.  

Expert Tips to Keep Your Wig from Fading

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